There are a lot of articles out there that go a little something like this: “Here are 5 publications that are willing to pay $100 per submission!”
I like these posts because it gives me somewhere new to look. I’m always looking for places to submit writing! However, I also think that a lot of those publications are more advanced or have a lot of restrictions. This means that new writers won’t always cut it there.
Furthermore, those sites have pretty big price tag incentives. While this would be exciting for writers who freelance full time, it can be hard…
Constantly trying x,y, or z to chase down eyes to read your work will not only exhaust you, but it will also turn readers off from what you are trying to do.
Just like how someone can tell when you are trying too hard in a conversation (only thereafter making it awkward), readers can tell when you are trying too hard to sell your book or your blog.
Therefore, the idea here isn’t how to “sell” your book or blog but instead to make yourself well-known enough for people to care.
My competition is steep. …
It is hard to take the “creative” out of our writing, but your “sales brain” needs to take over when you write for high-paying clients.
Some of the most lucrative copywriting work comes from businesses that want you to create amazing ad copy or product descriptions that help generate sales. These advertisements, articles, email campaigns, blog posts, eBooks, and infographics are all meant to entice one party to buy products from another party. Ideally, your client will make a sale, and the customer will be introduced to a helpful product to further success in their business.
So how do you…
If you haven’t read my first article on this subject, I’ll go ahead and catch you up.
After starting on Medium, I became obsessed with numbers on this site. I would write something and refresh my stats all day long. I was hoping someone read my work; even more, I hoped that someone liked my work. I’ve been a writer and editor for four years professionally online, but never have I been a blogger before getting paid by the view.
So, beginning May 7th, I decided to stop checking my stats every morning after I woke up. Instead, I challenged…
Some clients just love to tell you that you aren’t good enough to be paid for your services. If you’ve been following my writing, you know that I’ve gone through my share of bad freelance clients. From editing clients’ weird personal experiences to writing for shady companies that paid me pennies for hard work, there are many clients and jobs that I should probably have avoided.
Some writers will tell you that this is a “right of passage” (a “write” of passage, if you will, haha) and that everyone goes through terrible clients at least once.
The “forward march,” as explained by Nancy Lamb in her book, The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques, illustrates the linear telling of a story.
“No stopping, no doubling back. The plot moves in strict chronological order,” (p. 53).
This is a complicated strategy for new writers who grew up on flashbacks in their favorite books and TV shows. There is nothing wrong with a flashback, but it can quickly become an exposition dumping ground for unnecessary filler.
Exposition dumps are long, seemingly unending paragraphs or pages of information that the reader “wasn’t there…
Full disclosure: I don’t have a book for sale, but I follow and make designs for plenty of people who DO. I understand their pain and struggle when it comes to getting their novels off the ground — which is why I’m writing this post!
You’ve spent countless hours on writing, formatting, and putting together the best eBook you can write. You paid for a fancy cover to catch the eyes of readers and now you are out on the digital shelves.
Your work isn’t over yet.
Even traditionally published authors are being called to market their own material to…
Content mills are how most writers get started in the freelance business. These mills will advertise that they are the perfect place to start building your portfolio but only pay you pennies per word. This kind of devaluation of a writer’s skill can kill a freelance writing career before it even starts.
While it is understandable that most new writers should start small, it is unrealistic to think that you can sustain yourself on just $.03 per word for a long period of time.
That’s exactly what WordAgents.com offers. Last week I decided to do some research and see what…
One of the biggest questions that I am asked when someone wants to know how to start freelance writing is: can I use my college essays as part of my portfolio?
The answer is honestly, yes, but that won’t be enough. In fact, it may not impress future clients at all.
That’s where building your first portfolio comes in:
Don’t reinvent the wheel just to get your freelance writing business off the ground.
Any blog posts, short stories, poems, podcasts, or other hobbies that you might be doing in your off-time can be a great portfolio builder for future clients!
It is both hilarious and disturbing to see Tumblr and Twitter threads with examples showcasing just how badly male authors seem to write their women. From giving them borderline eating disorders to making them only an object that the male characters want to have sex with, we love to laugh and cringe at the male author’s gaze.
Yet we also know that there is a real danger in men portraying women this way. It tells other men that it is okay to treat women as sex objects or that their girlfriends or wives have no impact on their “story” or…